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Stone Old Guardian - Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (7457) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[2/20/15] Draught at Stone Brewing World in Escondido. As Stone Guardian’s Slumber 2013. Deep amber color. Lovely aroma of bourbon, vanilla, malt, cookies, caramel and a boozy hint. Sweet flavor with malt, cookies, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, some bitter resinous hops and some alcohol. Rounded mouthfeel. A bit boozy and bitter. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle sent awhile ago. (Shane?) Thanks! A: Light mahogany color, creme colored head, legs. N: Bourbon, vanilla, oxidation, caramel, toffee, candied cherries, heavy hops - pineapple, pine, and peppercorn. Burnt brown sugar, marshmallow. T: Quite bitter, medium sweetness. M: Sticky, heavy body, big alcohol, fizzy biting carbonation. O: Big burly Old Guardian with some well-integrated bourbon characteristics. The underlying beer, however, is not tamed, so that’s either good or bad depending on perspective. I’m somewhere in the middle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6700) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle thanks to Luke. Pours a cloudy reddish color with a medium white head. A big sweet bourbon and malt nose. Sugary sweet, light bourbon, oxidized. A mellow sugary beast. Good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (2759) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2015 (Pendant le ’’Calm before the storm’’ à Stone Liberty Station): Etiqueté ’’Guardian’s Slumber’’: Un délicieux dessert de caramel riche aux racines profondes et de houblons floraux.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (1025) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2015
2013 bottle. Big caramely and vanilla nose. Flavor is nice, very hoppy , some caramel. Seems to be stuck in the middle, in a few years its probably a nice caramel bwine, fresh its probably nice and hoppy. lots of potential

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (4921) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
2010 bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a clear orange copper with no head. The aroma is wood, booze, vanilla. Sweet malt, vanilla, light booze, very good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1959) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2014
2014 bottle of Guardian Slumber. Pours brown, thin cream hued head that last. Strong nose of bourbon and toffee. Taste is sweet with caramel, toffee, vanilla, light oak, and a nice bourbon finish. Big burly body with a decent amount of booze burn.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
2010 and 2011 vintages, 500 mL bottles from the brewery tasted side-by-side with the early 2010 base beer. Pours hazy orange-brown with a small, off-white head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves trace lace. The nose of each has huge bourbon, vanilla and molasses, with more oak, molasses and charred barrel on the elder vintage. Notes of figs and raisins come through as well, with more raisin in the younger. The flavour is moderately sweet with brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, oak and bourbon with a touch of smoke. Herbal hops are delicate and come through mostly on the back side. These develop into a resinous hop-molasses finish with lots of vanilla and bourbon. On the palate, both are medium-full in body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, wow, a truly amazing bourbon twist on a hoppy, sophisticated barley wine. The ’10 is smoother and more refined with more bourbon, while the ’11 retains more of the fruit from the original and has slightly more hops. The ’11 is a bit bolder and retains a bit more of the base’s punch while the ’11 is more of a sipper. Both are amazing. 2014-10-17

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2014
50cl, at 14.9%Vol, as Stone 2014 Series Batch 02 ’Guardian’s Slumber’, new exclusive American brew Anno 2014, thx alot to Secret Santa!, very complex brew, alcoholic/woody/sweet and slightly fruity/bitter, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, WOW!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Loved the barrel influences in the brew. Nice wood and vanilla and a hint of pepper. The base was unfortunately a little past it’s prime (2006) or this would have went from great to epic. 11/12 had a bottle, 2010 bourbon - lighter than expected barrel influence ended up being near perfect, letting the original beer and the barrels shine. In 2012, 2006 = 4.3, 2010 = 4.7. Aaaaaaaand the 2014 version is COMPLETELY different than the other bottled release. Like night and day. While I loved the 2010 for being light on the barrel and showing the base more, I love the silkiness and the decadent overbarreling of the 2014 version, called Guardian’s Slumber. If I had to pick one verision, Guardian’s Slumber would be it. 4.6+."


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